World Cup Draw Set

World CupWe’re still six months away from the first ball being footed in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the draw was held today in Brazil to determine the match-ups in the first round of the 32-team tournament. In the first round, the teams are divided into eight groups of four teams each. Here’s a TSN graphic that shows the groupings. A seeding process is used to ensure you don’t get four top-tier teams playing each other in the opening round, but the vagaries of the draw typically result in a so-called “Group of Death” that boasts three solid contenders and a not half-bad fourth team.

This tourney’s two candidates for the not so coveted designation are Group D which features England, Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica and Group G which features Germany, Portugal, the United States and Ghana. From its base in Sao Paulo, the U.S. will also be required to do a fair bit of travelling (14,000 km in total) to play its three round robin games. Brazil’s humid tropical climate is expected to exact a toll on some teams too — especially when games are scheduled for day-time. Argentina, meanwhile, is regarded as having got the best opening draw of the top contenders through its placement in Group F with Nigeria, Iran and newcomer Bosnia & Herzegovina.

You can read more on the match-ups here. But one first-round highlight promises to be a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Final — a penalty-filled affair in South Africa that saw Spain claim the title with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands. Host Brazil and rival Mexico are also scheduled to meet in the first round.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup goes June 12-July 13, 2014 in Brazil.

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